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Unread 12-13-2009, 01:28 AM
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Re: Pack Rifle Project caliber selection

I have a Tikka T-3 light in 300 wsm for a backpack carry rifle. It weighs in just over 7 pounds scoped out. After freefloating the barrel it shot one hole groups at 100 yards. It shoots a 150 grain E-tip with a .469 BC at 3400 fps. It makes a very economical 600 yard backpack rifle. I also have the same rifle in 338 win mag for elk size critters. At 600 yards it will kill anything in north america.
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Unread 12-13-2009, 01:48 AM
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Re: Pack Rifle Project caliber selection

In your experience how accurate is the turret?
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Unread 12-13-2009, 12:17 PM
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Re: Pack Rifle Project caliber selection

I have a Kimber Montana in 300WSM with a 4.5-14 Leupold Boone and Crockett that shoots 180 grain accubonds into 3/4 inch @100. The trigger is awesome and it handles great. It is my go to rifle for pretty much anything except the really long stuff (600+). The B&C reticle works great at sea level, but I am going to get the M1 elevation knob installed for dialing as I do hunt up to 11k feet elevation. I love this setup and just got a Kimber Police in 300 Win Mag to go with it.
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Unread 02-28-2010, 11:11 PM
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Re: Pack Rifle Project caliber selection

If you reload, why not do a 6.5x55 bob jordan ackley improved. Gets 120 grainers to 3200+, similar to 6.5x284, but with increased barrel life and greater brass life due to less case stretching.
Just a thought...........
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Unread 03-11-2010, 06:13 AM
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Re: Pack Rifle Project caliber selection

I built mine on a pre 64 M70 action, used a fwt contour pac-nor @24" chambered in 280 Ai, and put it in a rimrock stock topped with talleys and a 3x9x40 leupy. Ready to go at 7 3/4 LBS and shoots very nice groups w/ barnes TTSX.
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Unread 03-13-2010, 08:48 PM
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Re: Pack Rifle Project caliber selection

260 rem or 7mm-08 or 6.5-284( factories otto be making this cal soon I hope).

My own lite rifle is a Sav 111 270 weighs 7#3 due to carefully selected scope, rings, bases, and sling. Nest one will be a short cal like three I mentioned.

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Unread 03-24-2010, 10:32 AM
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Re: Pack Rifle Project caliber selection

If Kimber made a Montana in 260 that would fit the bill, but a 7-08 seems the next best thing in a factory rifle. If youre looking at a custom, the possibilities are endless.
Pick your components well and a 7 lb all up package isn't that hard to build. I have always thought a 260AI would be sweet though.
I am gathering components for my brother in law's build right now that will be close to what you are looking for.
It may be a half pound over your weight limit when finished depending on the scope he chooses.
It will have a, Borden Alpine WSM action, Rock Creek 4 contour fluted barrel, and Lone Wolf Summit stock.
He decided on a 264/270 WSM but I still think building a 6.5 RSAUM is a better idea. The RSAUM should fit the mag better and have enough case capacity to keep up with the WSM in a 6.5.

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